Webinars

Variety 411 Webinar Series

Please stay tuned!

Details about our next event will be coming soon!

In the meantime, explore some of our past events that are free to access in their archived formats.  See the “Past Webinar” section below:

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Past Webinars:

Live From Cannes:  Financing A Festival-Worthy Production

Thursday, May 25, 2017   11:00am PST/2:00pm EST

How does an independent production company consistently find and finance festival-worthy and award winning productions?

Presented to you from the International Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, this exciting panel featured producers from today’s top production companies whose slate of features continue to astound viewers and critics alike. Moderated by Joe Chianese, EVP, EP Financial Solutions, this panel explored top practices for finding and financing projects that become Cannes-caliber films.

This event is free and open to the public in its archived version.  It expires November 26, 2017.

Panelists / Production Companies included:

Kevin Chinoy, Freestyle Picture Company

Shawn Williamson, Brightlight Pictures

Ed Guiney, Director, Element Pictures

Melanie Chebance, Film Commissioner, Film France

Moses  Nacahae, Partner, Film and TV Team, Saffery Champness

To view this archived presentation, please click here!  https://engage.vevent.com/rt/411_publishing~05252017

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State of the Slate:  Films at Sundance 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017   11:00am PST/2:00pm EST

Before a single frame of any film at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival was even shot, the savvy movie producers had to determine the most cost-effective locations to achieve their visions, including whether production incentives could play a role in their film’s completion.

Moderated by Joe Chianese, EVP, EP Financial Solutions, this robust webinar highlighted the producers of some of the hottest features that competed and premiered in the festival.

Panelists included:

Brunson Green, Producer, “Walking Out”

Ryland Aldrich, Producer, “L.A. Times”

Lee Clay, Producer, “Rememory”

Daniel Bekerman, Producer, “Rememory”

Shea Kammer, Line Producer, “The Yellow Birds”, “Newness” and “To the Bone”

Jared Goldman, Producer, “Ingrid Goes West” and “Wilson”

Sally Jo Effenson, Producer, “Mudbound”

Presented at the Sundance Film Festival, this archived version of the webinar is FREE and open to all.

To register, click:  https://engage.vevent.com/rt/411_publishing~012617

 

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State of the Slate:  Feature Films At The Cannes International Film Festival

A Production Incentive Webinar Live from Cannes 2016

Straight from the International Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, this exciting panel explored the state of filmmaking as it exists today in a global market.  In addition to exploring the development of some of this year’s festival selections, focused on financing tools that modern filmmakers are utilizing to turn their dreams into award winning, and festival-worthy, feature films!

Original webcast date:  Thursday, May 19th, 2016, 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST

To watch this free archive of the panel please click:

https://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=1584&seid=82

Panelists included:

Joe Chianese, EVP, EP Financial Solutions

Finola Dwyer, Producer/Owner Wildgaze Films

Roger Frappier, Executive Producer, Max Films

Samantha Perahia, Head of Production UK, British Film Commission

Ilya Stewart, Executive Producer, Hype Productions

Moderator:  Dr. Laurence Sargent, Owner/Co-Director, Sargent-Disc

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GLOBAL FINANCING IN THE MODERN WORLD

Presented live from the inaugural AFCI Global Financing Conference in Burbank, California, this online event explored multiple financing options from a global perspective. Moderated by Dama Claire of EP Financial Solutions, this webinar featured financing experts and international film commissioners from the United States, China, Europe, Latin America, Canada and the Pacific Rim.   This free event, presented in partnership by Variety 411, Entertainment Partners, the Producers Guild of America and AFCI, is now available in its archive format.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016  11:00am PST /2:00pm EST

Countries Featured in this Event included:

  • United States – represented by Joe Chianese, EVP, EP Financial Solutions
  • Europe – represented by Dr. Hans Radau, Partner, Noerr’s Corporate and Media Entertainment Department
  • China – Judy Chen, General Manager of Marketing and Business Development, Wanda Studios Qingdao
  • Latin America – representative TBA
  • Canada – representative TBA
  • Pacific Rim – Michelle Sandoval, Client Liaison Executive, Australia Film Commission
  • Kevin Clark – Executive Director, AFCI

View Now – click here:   https://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=1584&seid=78

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TIFF: Financing Trends From The Fest Frontline
A production incentive webinar presented from Toronto

Thursday, September 17th, 2015 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST

Click here to view the webinar: http://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=1584&seid=73

Toronto is the fall festival that regularly presents the world’s must see films. What are the trends that emerge between all these Global contenders? This webinar explored the value of production incentives, crowd-funding and their impact on festival-worthy films.

Guest included:
Don Carmody, Executive Producer/Principle, Don Carmody Productions

John Hadity, EVP, EP Financial Solutions

Michael A Helfant, Producer, “Mr. Right”

Kristen Konvitz, Indiegogo, Film Vertical

Jennifer Liscio, Director, Legal Affairs, Tax Incentives & Corporate Counsel, Canada Film Capital

Kire Paputts, Producer/Director, “The Rainbow Kid”

Cynthia Wade, Producer, “Freeheld”

Moderated By:
Joseph Chianese, EVP, EP Financial Services

The event was presented by Variety 411, in partnership with Entertainment Partners, Producers Guild of America and the Association of Film Commissioners International

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Around The World In Sixty Minutes – A Production Incentives Webinar
Presented by Variety 411 in partnership with Entertainment Partners, Producers Guild of America and Association of Film Commissioners International .

Presented Thursday, May 21st, 2015 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST
Free registration – click this link:

http://engage.vevent.com/rt/411_publishing~052115

What should you be looking for when shooting internationally? Many countries and jurisdictions have competitive incentives that have seen tremendous improvements over the last year.

Presented from the Cannes Film Festival where the world connects to celebrate the best in filmmaking, Moderator Joe Chianese, EVP of EP Financial Solutions led a panel featuring tax specialists and film commissioners who represented diverse locations including:
Latin America
Germany
Asia
Australia
US

Panelists for this event included:

Silvia Echeverri Botero, Head of the Columbia Film Commission
Isabel David, Head of International Production, British Film Institute
John Hadity, EVP, EP Financial Solutions
Cornelia Hammelmann, Head, DFFF/German Federal Film Board

Richard Harris, Head of Business & AudienceScreen Producers Association of Australia
Nancy Romano, COO of Wanda Studios Quingdao
Robert Wong, Vice President, Creative BC

 

State Of The Slate: Films At Sundance – A Production Incentives Webinar

Presented by Variety 411 in partnership with Entertainment Partners, Producers Guild of America, Association of Film Commissioners International and Oakwood Worldwide.

Thursday, January 29, 2015 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST

Free registration – click this link: http://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=1584&seid=63

What does every producer with a film in the 2015 Sundance Film Festival have in common? They had to determine where they would shoot, and if production incentives would play a role in their production’s completion.

Moderator Joe Chianese, EVP of EP Financial Solutions, led a panel featuring top independent producers of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, along with the film commissioners and incentive specialists who helped them bring their projects to completion.
Panelists Included:

Bonnie Curtis– Producer, “Last Days in the Desert”
Houston King – Producer, “Results”
John Hadity – EVP, EP Financial Solutions
Kim LeBlanc, Production Consultant, Texas Film Commission
Julie Lynn – Producer, “Last Days in the Desert”
Carroll Morton – Managing Entertainment Industry Development, City of New Orleans
Celine Rattray – Producer, “Ten Thousand Saints”
Susannah Greason Robbins, Executive Director, San Francisco Film Commission
Madeline Samit, Producer, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”
Jeremy Kipp Walker, Executive Producer, “Mississippi Grind”

 

The Changing Incentive Landscape in 2015– An In Depth Review of California, UK and Ireland

Thursday, November 13, 2014 11:00am PST/2:00pm EST
Click here to view archived version: http://engage.vevent.com/rt/411_publishing~111314
2015 is shaping up to be an exciting year for production tax incentives. While some areas have seen reductions, California, the United Kingdom and Ireland have announced changes that mark these areas as production hotbeds.
Presented during the American Film Market, this free production incentive webinar explored the recent changes and improvements affecting California, the UK and Ireland that make these areas prime destinations for film and television production. This panel film commissioners and tax incentive specialists discussed the details of recent incentive structure changes and additions, and the best practices that allow a production to maximize these changes.
Panelists Included:
Kattie Kotok, EVP, British Film Commission
James Hickey, CEO, Irish Film Board
Nancy Rae Stone, Program Director, Film and Television Tax Credit Program, California Film Commission

Moderated by Joe Chianese, EVP, EP Financial Solutions

Presented in partnership with Entertainment Partners, Producers Guild of America and Association of Film Commissioners International.

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Where’s the Soft Money? One World, Many Choices
A FREE Production Webinar Presented From The Toronto Film Festival
Thursday, September 11th, 2014 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST
Click to register:
http://engage.vevent.com/rt/411_publishing~091114

About this webinar:
Canada, California, Louisiana, New Mexico, New York and the UK! With over 75 incentive programs available worldwide to choose from, where should you go? Where to produce your next film or television project is vitally important, and production incentives are one of the most critical factors in the decision. As production incentive programs across the globe continue to change and new incentive programs are introduced, the key is to approach the process with the most up-to-date information and the best partners by your side. This panel of producers and production finance executives discussed which jurisdictions have production incentives, how they work, and the quickest way to monetize the benefit of these incentives.

Please view this panel discussion,where we will discussed what you need to know to receive the financial benefits from these incentive programs, and how to avoid the pitfalls which may cost you money.

Moderated by Joe Chianese, EVP, EP Financial Solutions
Panelists included:

– David Carter / Canada Film Capital
– Kim Todd / Original Pictures, Producer of “Fargo”
– John Hadity / EP Financial Solutions
– Peter Saraf/ Producer, Big Beach
– Jennifer Blitz / OMDC

Presented in partnership with Entertainment Partners, Producers Guild of America, and Association of Film Commissioners International

For additional information, please contact:  Marjorie Galas at marj.galas@variety.com

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The Global Community: A Focus on Production Incentives and Film Financing
A FREE Webinar Presented from the Cannes Film Festival

Presented Thursday, May 22, 2014
11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST

To register, click here:
http://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=1584&seid=51

How can you maximize your production budget when shooting globally? Moderator Joseph Chianese, EVP of EP Financial Solutions, led a panel of executive producers and film incentives and tax specialist whose expertise will help you manage the worldwide production landscape. Territories discussed in this webinar panel included China and Pan Pacific territories, the UK and European territories, the Pacific Rim, South Africa, the US and South America.

Panelists included:
* Hawk Koch, President, Producers Guild of America
* Martin Cuff, Film & Media Sector Development Specialists, South Africa
* Robert Wong, Vice President and Acting Film Commissioner, Creative BC
* Samantha Perahia, Senior Production Executive, British Film Commission
* David Shepheard, Senior Inward Investment Manager, FIlm London
* Milan Popelka, Chief Operating Officer, FilmNation Entertainment

Presented in partnership with Entertainment Partners, Producers Guild of America and Association of Film Commissioners International.

For additional information, please contact Marjorie Galas at marj.galas@variety.com

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From State To Slate: Films at SXSW

A Production Incentives Webinar

 

It’s a Texas Round Up brought to you from Austin during the height of the SXSW Film Festival!

 

Join moderator Joe Chianese, EVP of EP Financial Solutions, as he leads a panel featuring many of the festival’s top producers and the film commissioners who helped them bring their projects from “state to slate.”  Topics explored in this lively discussion included: crowd funding options, state incentives and local production resources that are essential to creating a festival-worthy production.

 

Presented Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Click here to register:

http://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=1584&seid=47

 

Panelist included:

Elizabeth Avellan, Producer, “The Home,” “When Angels Sing”

Bradley Beesley, Producer, “Road Kill Zoo”

Patrick Cassidy, Producer, “Two Step”

Louisiana Kreutz, Producer, “Road Kill Zoo”

Kim LeBlanc, Production Consultant, Texas Film Commission

Charles Mulford, Producer, “Two Step”

Chris Ohlson, Producer, “Thank You A Lot”

Jill Simpson, Director, Oklahoma Film and Music Office

 

Presented in partnership with Variety 411, Entertainment Partners, Producers Guild of America, AFCI and The Buffalo Lounge.

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From State To Slate: Sundance Feature Films – A Production Incentives Webinar

What are the funding secrets behind the features presented in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival?

Join moderator Joe Chianese, EVP of EP Financial Solutions, as he leads a panel featuring many of the festival’s top producers and film commissioners and incentive specialists who helped them bring their projects to completion.  Topics explored in this lively discussion included: state incentives, federal initiatives, and production resources that define ideal locations for shooting.

Presented Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Free Registration!   Click to register:

http://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=1584&seid=39

 

Panelist included:

Lindsey Ashley, Senior Production Consultant, Texas Film Commission

Chad Burris, Producer, “Drunktown’s Finest”

Jonathan Duffy, Producer, “Hellion”

Keith Kjarval, Producer, “Rudderless”

William H. Macy, Writer/Director, “Rudderless”

Nick Maniatis, Director, New Mexico Film Commission

Chris Ohlson, Producer, “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter”

Andrew Peterson, Executive Director, IFP Minnesota

Fred Siegel, Owner, Fred Seigel C.P.A.

Jill Simpson, Director, Oklahoma Film and Music Office

Kelly Williams, Producer, “Hellion”

Presented in partnership with Variety 411, Entertainment Partners, and AFCI

 

From Thalian Hall at the Cucalorus Film Festival State of the Slate: The Future of Film in North Carolina A Free Webinar Event

Presented Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

This special panel presented by Entertainment Partners at the 19th Annual Cucalorus Film Festival focused on the evolving production incentive tax structure and production resources that have made North Carolina an evolving filmmaker’s destination.

Moderated by Joe Chianese, Executive VP of EP Financial Solutions, the panel explored the current and future state of film and television production in North Carolina, and highlighted recent productions including “Under the Dome.”

Panelists included:

AARON SYRETT – Director, North Carolina Film Commission DALE WILLIAMS – Film and Television Production Manager,  “Under the Dome” BILL VASSAR – VP, EUE Screen Gems Studios JASON ROSIN – Business Agent, IATSE LOCAL 491 SUSAN RUSKIN – Dean, UNC School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking

Click here to view this free webinar: http://engage.vevent.com/rt/411_publishing~111913

For more information, please contact Marjorie Galas 323-617-9403  marj.galas@variety.com

Presented by: LA 411, NY 411 and Variety 411 in partnership with Entertainment Partners,  PGA and, AFCI

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Shooting Locally and Globally:
Monetize your Production Incentives by Utilizing a Multiple Location Strategy

The event was held Thursday, May 23nd 2013

Co-Moderated by Joseph Chianese and John Hadity, Executive Vice Presidents, EP Financial Solutions, as they lead a panel of tax incentive specialists and film producers who will discuss the benefits of utilizing multiple locations, including national and global jurisdictions, to complete a film project.

Presented Live from the UK Film Center at the Cannes International Film Festival, the webinar will also discuss the incentive structure of selected films in competition at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival.

Confirmed Panelists Include:

Hans Radau, Managing Partner, NOERR LLP
John Graydon, Partner, Holborn, London

This webinar is FREE and open to the public. To view the archived version, please click:
http://engage.vevent.com/index.jsp?eid=1584&seid=31


Looking Beyond the East and West Coasts: Incentives in the Middle

While much attention has been given to the well-known production centers offering incentive packages along our Coasts, there are many attractive incentive packages offered by centrally located states that do not get the attention they deserve.

Moderator Joe Chianese, Executive Vice President, EP Financial Solutions, led a panel of film commissioners and producers in a discussion of the benefits of shooting in states including Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas during the SXSW Festival. Held at the Buffalo Lounge, the panel discussed the importance of incentives, infrastructure as well as how frequent changes affect their workflow.

The event was held Thurs., March 14, 11:00am

Panelists included:
Jeffry Allard, Producer, “Holy Ghost People”

Elizabeth Avellan, Producer, “When Angels Sing”

Shannon McIntosh, Producer, “When Angels Sing”
Nina Parikh, Deputy Director, Mississippi Film Commission
Jill Simpson, Director, Oklahoma Film and Music Office
Todd Sklar, Director/Screenwriter/Producer, “Awful Nice”

This webinar is FREE and open to the public. To view the archived version, please click:
http://engage.vevent.com/rt/411_publishing~031413


411 Publishing Webinar Series: “Spotlight on Featured Films from Sundance”

January 24, 2013, 11:00 am (Pacific) / 2:00 pm (Eastern)

411 Publishing Webinar: Presented from Sundance

Joe Chianese and John Hadity will co-moderate a film incentives and financing webinar, presented from the Sundance Film Festival. The discussion will focus on how production incentive programs are used to get films produced. The webinar will also look at other financing options and opportunities used by independent producers.

Panelists include Beverly Lewis, Director of Placer-Lake Tahoe Film Office; Margaret O’Riley, Director of the Michigan Film Office; Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office; and Aaron Syrett, Director of the North Carolina Film Office.

Original Air Date Thursday, January 24, at 11:00 am (Pacific) / 2:00 pm (Eastern).

Click here for the archived presentation.


411 Publishing Webinar: “Where’s the Money in New York?”

December 13, 2012, 11:00 am (Pacific) / 2:00 pm (Eastern)

Joseph Chianese and John Hadity will co-moderate a film incentives and financing webinar entitled, “Where’s the Money in New York?” The webinar will present Patricia Swinney Kaufman (Executive Director of the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development), Mike Jackman (Co-Chair, New York Production Alliance, Executive VP of Post Production, FilmNation Entertainment), Richard Sheehan (VP Media & Entertainment / HSBC), and Peter Saraf (PGA East Chair) in discussions focusing on production and post-production incentives in New York, and the many forms of finances that can help you obtain the budget you need. This webinar will include a case study that will illustrate how a variety of resources were utilized to meet productions’ budgets, as well as review the latest developments in tax incentives legislation.

The Original airdate was:
Thursday, December 13th, 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST
Click here to view archieved presentation.


Where’s The Money in California? A Film Incentives and Financing Webinar

What’s the difference between films that get made and those that don’t?
Financing!

How can you be sure that you are as informed as possible about where to find the money?
By joining moderators Joseph Chianese and John Hadity of EP Financial Solutions and a panel of producers, film commissioners, and financing experts in a three part series exploring all sides of financing:

Where’s the Money? A  Film Incentives and Financing Webinar Series

The Original airdate was:
Thursday, September 27th, 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST

Click here to view archieved presentation.

Questions welcomed throughout this FREE event.

Exclusive offer from “Where’s the Money?  A Film Incentives and Financing Webinar” sponsor Oakwood Worldwide!  Register today and receive a $300 discount for any new 30 day stay at select Oakwood properties in California.

Registration information and dates coming soon for the next two webinars in this special series:
Where is the Money in New York?  – October 2012
Where is the International Money? – November 2012


LA 411, NY 411, Variety 411 in Partnership with Producers Guild of America and Entertainment Partners and sponsored by AFCI

Click here to view archieved presentation.

 

Present:

Dollars ($) – Euros () and Pounds (£)
Monetizing your Production Incentives & other International Film Financing Strategies

A Webinar Presented from the Cannes Int’l Film Festival @ the UK Film Centre (in the Village International)

Original broadcast date/time: Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012  11:00am PST/2:00pm EST

Moderated By:
Joseph Chianese and John Hadity, Executive Vice Presidents, EP Financial Solutions

Panelist include:
Milan Popelka, COO, FilmNation (The Raven, The Skin I Live In)
Lisbeth Savill, Partner, Oslwang (The King’s Speech, An Education)
Martin Katz, President, Prospero Pictures ( Cosmopolis, A Dangerous Method)


Spotlight on Film Independent Spirit Award nominees

Original broadcast date/time: Thursday, February 23th, 2012 11:00am PST/2:00pm EST
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view archieved presentation.

LA 411, Variety 411, New York 411
In partnership with
Producers Guild of America and Entertainment Partners

Present:

Independent Film & Production Incentives
Spotlight on Film Independent Spirit Award nominees

A live webinar presentation discussing the impact of production incentives on films including: “Cedar Rapids,” “The Descendents,” and “Drive”

Free Webinar:  Thursday, February 23th * 11:00am PST/2:00pm EST

Moderated by: Joseph Chianese, Senior Vice President of Taxes, Business Development and Production Planning at Entertainment Partners.

Panelist Include:
Carrie Jones, Director, Michigan Film Office
David Lancaster, Executive Producers, David Lancaster Productions
Amy Lemisch, Director, California Film Commission
Liz Sayre, Executive Vice President, Production, Fox Searchlight Pictures
Georja Skinner, Chief Officer, Hawaii Film Office
Additional Panelists TBA

Questions from the live audience will be asked throughout the presentation.


Spotlight on Post Production Incentives

Original broadcast date/time: Thursday, December 8th, 2011 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST
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view archived presentation.

Join moderator Joseph Chianese, Entertainment Partners, as he leads a panel of post production executives and representatives from post production facilities who will share their insights and expertise on production incentives in the world of post production.

Free Production Incentives Webinar

Featured Guest Include:

  • Andy Fraser, VP, Physical and Post Production, Morgan Creek
  • Ben Urquhart, Vice President of Post Production, Focus Features
  • Ray Scalice, VP & General Manager, Pixel Magic
  • Marcelo Gandola, Senior Vice President, Deluxe Creative Services Group

Spotlight on Television Production Incentives

Original Broadcast date/time: Thursday, Sept 8th at 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST
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view the archived presentation..

Join moderator Joseph Chianese, Senior Vice President of Taxes, Business Development and Production Planning at Entertainment Partners as he leads a panel uniting the producers of some of today’s most critically acclaimed series with the film commissioners from their primary shooting locations.

Free Production Incentives Webinar

Featured series include:

  • Deadliest Catch
  • Justified

Featured locations include:

  • Alaska – Dave Worrell, Director, State of Alaska Film Office/Office of Economic Development
  • California – Amy Lemisch, Director, California Film Commission
  • Georgia – Lee Thomas, Director, Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office
  • Canada – British Columbia Film (representative tba)

Webinar presented by 411 Publishing, Entertainment Partners and the Producers Guild of America

Webinar sponsor: Clearance Domain

http://www.clearancedomain.com


Panelists:

  • Dr. Hans Joachim Radau– Rechtsanawalt, Fachanwalt fur Steuerrecht
  • Karolyn Radnai – Partner, OrienTax Consulting Ltd.
  • Stephen Weizenecker, Partner, Atlanta Office of Lewis Brisbois, Bisgaard and Smith
  • Additional Guests TBA

Spotlight on Oscar Nominated Film Financing: The Impact on Production Incentives on “Black Swan,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network” and “True Grit.”

Original Broadcast date/time: ThursdayFebruary 24, 2011 11:00am PST
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view the archived presentation.

Join moderator Joseph Chianese, Senior Vice President of Taxes, Business Development and Production Planning at Entertainment Partners, as he leads a panel that unites Oscar nominated producers with the film commissioners from their film’s key locations to discuss how production incentives and location benefits aided in the film’s production.

Panelists:

  • Jim Davidson, Associate Producer, “The Social Network”
  • Amy Lemisch, Executive Director, California Film Commission
  • Iain Canning, Producer, “The King’s Speech”
  • Andy Weltman, Senior Vice President, US Film Production, UK Film Council
  • “Black Swan,” Producer TBA
  • Pat Kaufman, Executive Director, New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development
  • “True Grit,” Producer TBA
  • Lisa Strout, Producer and former Director, New Mexico Film Office

Spotlight on New York, North Carolina, Michigan and Oregon

Original Broadcast date/time: ThursdayNovember 18, 2010 11:00am PST
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view the archived presentation.

On November 18th, 411 Publishing in partnership with Entertainment Partners and the Producers Guild of America present a webinar aimed at highlighting the recent advancements in the production incentive structures and film offices in New York, North Carolina, Michigan and Oregon. The webinar is free and registration is open to everyone.

Moderator Joseph Chianese, Vice President, Marketing, Business Development and Production Planning. Mr. Chianese is a 25 year veteran of tax accounting, tax, and production services with experienced gained through positions at Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, and Ernst and Young.

Panelists:

  • Carrie Jones– Director, Michigan Film Office
  • Pat Kaufman– Executive Director, New York State Governors Office for Motion Picture and Television Development
  • Vince Porter– Executive Director, Oregon Governor’s Office of Film and Television
  • Aaron Syrett– Executive Director, North Carolina Governor’s Office of Film and Television

Spotlight on Canada: A Practical Conversation about Production Incentives with Film Commissioners and Filmmakers

Original Broadcast date/time: ThursdaySeptember 16, 2010 11:30am PST
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view the archived presentation.

411 Publishing, in partnership with the Producers Guild of America and Entertainment Partners, will kick off the second production incentive webinar series with a panel brought to you Live from the Toronto Film Festival!

  • Joe Chianese, Entertainment Partners’ VP of Business Development & Production Planning, will be co-moderating this lively discussion on how to acquire, utilize and apply the various tax breaks and production incentives in the Canadian territories. Mr. Chianese is a 25 year veteran of tax incentives and production planning. He will be joined by David Carter, President, Canada Film Capital. Canada Film Capital (CFC) is the largest financial services, tax incentive financing and administration company for the film and television industry in Canada.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Robert Wong, Vice President, Tax Credits & Development, British Columbia Film
  • Jennifer Blitz, Director, Tax Credits & Financing Programs, Ontario Media Development Corporation
  • Jean-Philippe Normandeau, Cultural Industry, Tax Credits Quebec

Spotlight on Practical Considerations & Conversations with Film Commissioners and Filmmakers Regarding Accessing Film Incentives

Original Broadcast date/time: TuesdayJune 22, 2010 11:00am PDT
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view the archived presentation.

On June 22th, 411 Publishing, in partnership with the Producers Guild of America (PGA), will present the 6th installment in a series of production incentive themed webinars.

With the assistances of our sponsoring partner Entertainment Partners, this presentation will focus on international incentives. Experts in utilizing the many benefits and tax breaks available in locations across the globe will discuss how to utilize and apply these benefits through an informative webinar led by Joe Chianese, Entertainment Partners’ VP of Business Development & Production Planning.

Joe will be joined by a panel of foreign incentives experts and global film commissioners, including:

  • Catherine McDonnell, Fox Studios, Australia
  • Andy Weltman, Senior Vice President, US Production, UK Film Council
  • Dr. Hans Joachim Radau, Tax Incentives Specialty Lawyer, Rechstanwalt, Fachanwalt and Steurrecht Germany

 


Spotlight on Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts & Texas

Original Broadcast date/time: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 11:30am PDT
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Representatives from Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts and Texas will give an overview on what type of production incentives they have to offer, as well as commentary on their locations and infrastructure. A panel of producers will share their experiences filming in the four states.

Moderated by:

  • Marco Cordova, Director of Marketing, Business Development, and Production Planning, Entertainment Partners
  • Richard Guay, Vice President of Marketing (East Coast), Entertainment Partners

Confirmed Speakers Include:

Illinois:

  • Betsy Steinberg, Managing Director, Illinois Film Office
  • Bryan Yaconelli, ice President, Production Management & Finance, Overture Films

Louisiana:

  • Chris Stelly, Director, Louisiana Film and Television
  • Bob Del Valle, Line Producer, “Knucklehead”

Massachusetts :

  • Nick Paleologos, Executive Director, Massachusetts Film Office
  • Louis Phillips, WExecutive Producer, “Shutter Island”

Texas:

  • Bob Hudgins, Director, Texas Film Commission
  • Molly Bunner, Production Accountant, “Friday the 13th” (2009)

Spotlight on Practical Considerations & Conversations with Film Commissioners and Film Makers regarding Accessing Film Incentives

Original Broadcast date/time: MondayJanuary 25, 2010 11:30am PDT

Moderated by:

  • Joseph Chianese, VP of Business Development, Entertainment Partners

Confirmed Speakers Include:

New York:

  • Pat Kaufman, Executive Director, New York State Film Office
  • George Paaswell, Co-Producer,
    “Jack Goes Boating”

Oklahoma:

  • Jill Simpson, Director, Oklahoma Film Office
  • Jordan Gertner, Executive Producer, “The Killer Inside Me”
  • Chris Hanley, Producer,
    “The Killer Inside Me”

Pennsylvania :

  • Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office
  • TAnya Hamilton, Writer/Director, “Night Catches Us”

Utah:

  • Marshall Moore, Director, Utah Film Commission
  • Tim Williams, Finance Executive for Greenstreet Films, “Frozen” 

Spotlight on Georgia, Michigan and New Mexico

Original Broadcast date/time: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 11am PDT

Moderated by:

  • Joseph Chianese, VP of Business Development, Entertainment Partners

Speakers:

  • Bill Thompson, Division Director, Georgia Film, Music, & Digital Entertainment Office
  • Janet Lockwood, Director, Michigan Film Office
  • Lisa Strout, Director, New Mexico Film Office